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I like an artist that sometimes you can’t out into a category in fact I don’t like categories to much myself although I have a fondness for all things soulful I don’t allow this to define me as my love for music does go outside that boundary. So when Janelle Monáe Robinson Born December 1, 1985 I am always interested in what she will come with as I always enjoy what she does even when I find a track a little hard to get into it soon grows on me. 2007 seems like yesterday when this music diva stepped on the scene a blew us all away with the album Metropolis this was simply excellent ,it was so good that Sean combs signed her up to his label BAD BOY RECORDS. She has since released her new offering THE ARCHANDROID of which the single TIGHTROPE has been release and is simple one of the best videos made so far this year .JANELLE is inspiring as well as breathtaking, now all I need is a chance to catch her live of which iam told are out of this world.She has right from the begining sensed she was in charge and the brand of soul music rnb or funk music direction in which you was going to go was down to herself she cant be placed in the RHIANNA or BEYOUNCE camp and neither does she want be there this is possibly why she may on the face of not get that attention .Yet if the truth be told she has more enrgy and as much talent if not dare i say it more than the latter .She is building her brand and ARCHANDROID could be the really big break she requires check out the TIGHTROPE video its simply excellent if hear she shows what and whom she is .Young music makers please take note.This is one DIVA that is not going away she seems ripe for the long haul.
from her website her bio reads
She’s been called “a different kind of diva” by Vogue Magazine and “a true visionary… one of the most important signings of my career” by Sean “Diddy” Combs. For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monáe, however, the impetus remains the same as it’s been since before her Grammy-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase captured the imaginations of fans and fellow artists. As she readies her first full-length LP, The ArchAndroid, her focus remains on stirring your soul, moving your feet and simply, creating good music.
The ArchAndroid blends the talents of executive producers Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe and Sean “Diddy” Combs, with co-executive production by Big Boi of Outkast. ““Musically, The ArchAndroid is an epic James Bond film in outer space,” describes Monáe, “in terms of influences it’s just all the things I love— scores for films like Goldfinger mixed with albums I adore such as Stevie’s Music of my Mind, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, and jamming experimental hip hop stuff like Stankonia.”
The ArchAndroid is a soaring, orchestral trip enlivened with blockbuster vocals, mysterious imagery, and notes of 60s pop and jazz. “It’s an organic symphonic sound,” says Monáe, who enlisted the talents of the Wondaland ArchOchestra to realize her sound. Elaborate orchestral arrangements were composed and conducted by Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur for Wondaland Productions. Featured guests include the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, the psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal and punk prophets Deep Cotton.
The album realizes the next chapter in the story of Cindi Mayweather, the heroine of Monáe’s debut album Metropolis. She has been sent to free the citizens of Metropolis from the Great Divide, a secret society using time travel to suppress freedom and love throughout the ages. “It’s said that when the ArchAndroid returns, it will mean freedom for the android community,” explains Monáe. “Cindi Mayweather realizes that she is indeed the ArchAndroid.”
If this all sounds like the plot of a great movie, the Wondaland crew views each album as the creation of an “emotion picture.” Says Monáe, “The ArchAndroid is very inspiring for me. In terms of writing the music, we wanted the story to
be very compelling, but we also wanted to make sure that the journey we’re taking people on makes them feel like they’re watching one big emotion picture.” The writing process was incredibly intense for everyone involved. “The music would sometimes wake us up in our sleep. We’d record melodies on our phone. Sometimes we’d stay up for days at a time just writing this music. The story and visions coming to us were so great that we wanted this music to capture everything we were feeling inside.”
“Over the last year and a half when we were recording the ArchAndroid I went through a very transformative period in my life,” explains Monáe, who has spent the time between albums traveling the world on tour. She’s joined artists No Doubt, Paramore and Erykah Badu on dates in various cities around the globe, including Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow and New York. She completed the album back home in Atlanta at Wondaland Studios and a strange haunted asylum for super-powered savants called The Palace of the Dogs. “The less said about that, the better—although I did like the Musiquarium [the recording studio] there, and I’ve got to thank Max Stellings [the asylum director] for allowing me to release these recordings to the world.”
“Overall, this music came from various corners of the world—from Turkey to Prague to Atlanta—places we were on tour. While recording, we’d experiment with different sounds. Once we became engulfed in the sound, we all had an emotional connection to the album. It has definitely transformed my way of thinking, the way that I approach the stage and overall, my life.”
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